Tuesday, January 8, 2013

The Digit-al Dozen Does Art day 2, plus Emerald Nail Art Day - gold & emerald art deco nails!

Hey everyone! I'm back for the SECOND DAY IN A ROW with some more nails to show y'all. This Digit-al Dozen week is kicking my ass already and we're only on day two... hopefully I can make it through the whole thing (just kidding I will do it or die trying). I should have done a couple manis in advance but I'm a bad procrastinator and the holidays were so busy for me sooo... here we are. Painting our nails every day this week!

This is my second set of art deco inspired nails - this time using striping tape. I actually followed through on what I said I would do yesterday!

Emerald and gold striping tape art deco style nail art

These nails also fit the theme of Emerald Nail Art Day, which Brittney from Precious Polish suggested to me and a few other ladies we do today since emerald is Pantone's color of the year for 2013.

Emerald and gold striping tape art deco style nail art

These nails started with a base of Zoya Ziv on all nails except my ring finger, which got two lovely coats of Revlon Emerald (APPROPRIATE!). Both of these polishes are seriously gorg, I've worn Emerald before but never worn Ziv on its own and it's just... way too pretty. It has these little dark gold flecks in it that keep it from being a regular gold foil and it goes on perfectly and I love it.

Emerald and gold striping tape art deco style nail art

After finishing my base color I did a coat of Seche Vite so they'd dry nice and quick. I took this opportunity for a bathroom and internet break and then got to work with my striping tape. One nail at a time I positioned the tape, painted over it, and peeled it off while the polish was still wet. The image that mostly inspired the patterns can be found here. I didn't use any parts of that image exactly because that just felt like too much work, but I kept the picture up on my computer while I was positioning the striping tape so I could keep the general idea of it fresh in my brain.

Emerald and gold striping tape art deco style nail art

Let me just tell you guys this... these nails? Ain't nobody got time for that. I was quite a bit overly ambitious with this manicure and it took me way longer than I anticipated to finish it. After the first two nails I was ready to rend my garments in despair or just call it an accent nail mani and leave it be, but I kept going because giving up isn't really in my nature (unfortunately for me sometimes).

Despite the frustration and time commitment of this mani, I really ended up liking it. I'm proud of the designs I did and I like that the set of nails is cohesive without all of them being the same. I think this is probably my favorite way to interpret skittles lately. I also super love these colors together, in no small part because they are both SO PRETTY.

Emerald and gold striping tape art deco style nail art

So there we have it! My second art deco inspired mani, which I like a lot more than the first because dat striping tape. I just LOVE how clean and precise lines made with striping tape look. It's right up my perfectionist alley. What do you guys think of these?

Don't forget to check out the other ladies doing Emerald Nail Art Day and the rest of the Digit-al Dozen group!

Brittney at Precious Polish
Winnie at The Rawr Shop
Naomi at Bellezza Bee
Traci at Drinkcitra


32 comments:

  1. These remind me of Zelda! They're gorgeous!

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  2. Dear striping tape idol, Please stop. I cannot keep up with you. Love, striping tape devotee.

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  3. Lol rend your garments in despair...I would have after I tore my hair out in frustration. You are the queen of striping tape! Another amazing design and your dedication definitely shows!

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  4. Good lord... This is just FANTASTIC! Thumbs up girl! Awesome job :D

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  5. I LOVE these! The colours you used are gorgeous!! :)

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  6. OMG! You do the most amazing stuff!!!!

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  7. You kind of blow my mind with the way you interpret patterns into nail art. And yes I agree with another comment these have a Zelda vibe about them. Love it.

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  8. hey! Why you so awesome?!
    These are BEYOND AH-MAY-ZING!

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  9. This is gorgeous doll!!! Just to think a few months ago you had never used striping tape!

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  10. All hail Queen of The Striping Tape!!!

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  11. This is so gorgeous!! Green is my favorite color - I have never seen this Revlon before but now I MUST have it!

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  12. Again, all I can say is wow. And pick my jaw up off the floor. :)

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  13. YAY! I love these with the striping tape! And Ziv is positively gorgeous! It's my favorite gold! :)

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  14. Wow you did an amazing job with this! It looks amazing!! :D

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  15. Seems a shame to take them off! After all that work!

    They do look all over like that, but I will HAVE to go for an accent.

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  16. These are AMAZING! And I'm very glad that you kept going! I wish I had that persistence! At the moment I'm rocking "accent nails" on my pinkies and ring fingers, because I just could not do any more! I think I'll be getting my striping tape out again after seeing this mani!

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  17. Ahhh I love these! The emerald and gold combo is super pretty and you are seriously the striping tape master *bows down 2 u*

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  18. These are soooooooooooooooooooooo GORGEOUS! I love them!

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  19. This is really awesome! I loooove these so much!

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  20. Wow, these are gorgeous! Whitney, you are a nail master! I always love seeing your designs when they pop up on Reddit. :)

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  21. Woah! You have far more patience than I do! These turned out amazing! Did you end up doing your other hand as well?

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  22. Total gorgeousness--I love it!! ^_^

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  23. It's just... they're so dahmn wonderful! I reaaaaally like the colors. Now I'm frustrated because I don't have striping tape... I have to buy it!

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